John B. Dunlap III – Military Service

John B. Dunlap III – Military Service

Brigadier General John B. Dunlap III served as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Louisiana National Guard. He was the principal advisor to The Adjutant General, responsible for assisting in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies, and plans for the Louisiana Army National Guard. He retired in 2019 after 30 years of Active Duty and National Guard service.

BG Dunlap received his BA from LSU in 1986 where as a ROTC Cadet he was a member of the Society of the Scabbard and Blade. He was awarded a Juris Doctorate from Loyola College of Law in New Orleans in 1989. He graduated from the Judge Advocate General’s School, Army, in 1989. He was then stationed in Germany as a Judge Advocate with 1st Armored Division. In 1990 he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. Upon redeployment he was assigned to 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division as Brigade Trial Counsel. In 1992 he was assigned to Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. When he completed his Active Duty service he tried over 40 Courts Martial including complex larceny, murder and kidnapping.

BG Dunlap joined the Louisiana National Guard in 1992 and was assigned to 256th Infantry Brigade in Lafayette, La. as the Assistant Logistics Officer. After graduating from the Quartermaster school in 1993, he transferred to the Quartermaster Corps. In 1994 he became the Inspector General of the 256th Infantry Brigade and graduated from the Army IG School later that year. In 1995, he became the Assistant State IG at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.

In 1997 BG Dunlap became the Deputy SJA of the 61st Troop Command in New Orleans. In 2000 he returned to the 256th Brigade, serving as the Deputy SJA and later the SJA. In April 2004, he was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent a year in Baghdad, Iraq working to re-establish the rule of law and assisting the Iraqi government prosecute terrorists and insurgents. During that year the 256th BCT was the busiest Special Court Martial Jurisdiction in the Army with over 110 Courts Martial and over 400 Article 15s.

Upon redeployment he became the Deputy State Judge Advocate and in 2008 the State Judge Advocate, advising The Adjutant General on the full spectrum of legal issues attendant to the Homeland Defense mission of the National Guard. In 2018 he was appointed Assistant Adjutant General-Army. He is a 2003 Graduate of Command and General Staff College and a 2012 graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

His awards include: The Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), and the Combat Action Badge.

In 2019 he was inducted into the LSU Military Hall of Honor.